Women in Music 2019

Beastie Boys' Ad-Rock: 'What Do You Do With Your Life When Your Former Life is No More?'

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Adam Horovitz, Mike Diamond and Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys.

What happens when a Beastie Boy becomes a man on his own? In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, the seminal hip-hop trio's Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz checked in with the magazine, nearly 30 years after the group's debut album Licensed to Ill was released and about three years since the 2012 death of Adam "MCA" Yauch.

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He's been keeping busy, more or less, with a role in Noah Baumbach's upcoming comedy-drama While We're Young playing Ben Stiller's Brooklyn-dad pal, playing bass with comedian-singer Bridget Everett's band and has worked on film scores, including the romance Truth About Lies and No No: A Dockumentary about baseball player Dock Ellis. But it seems he still has a hard time figuring out what to do with his time. 

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"It's like, 'What do you do with your life when your former life is no more?' I have to figure it out. I don't know if I ever will," he said. "I'm used to having other people [plan stuff] for me. I don't plan anything, so at some point, maybe I have to start doing that."

As for that "multidemensional" biography that was supposed to come out later this year, Horovitz said, "It's nowhere near that. There's no way it's going to happen [before 2017]. I might get sued by saying this, but I'm just being realistic."

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